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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.

For a list of all jellies, see list of jellies.

Dissolution JDissolution.png
HP 116-235
HD 16
XP 13897
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 1
Will 120
Attack1 50 (hit: acid)
Attack2 30 (hit: acid)

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities Silver
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type jelly, jelly
Flags Destroys doors
See invisible
Acidic flesh
Web immune
Gender neutral
The Pits of Slime used to be a thriving civilization, and Dissolution was the prophet of their god. When the city was overtaken by its current residents, only Dissolution survived, for they alone turned faithfully to the Slime God. Dissolution became a tremendous mass of acidic ooze, yet retained their intelligence. They are filled with hatred for anything that can hold a form.

Useful Info

Dissolution, High Priest of Jiyva is a unique, intelligent jelly that burrows through rock. If you hear a "sizzling sound", then you know Dissolution is somewhere nearby.



Spell set I
Slot1 Summon Eyeballs Priest flag

Tips & Tricks

  • They hit as hard as the Royal Jelly, although at a considerably slower speed. More dangerously, they can cast Summon Eyeballs, bringing forth monsters to paralyze you, mutate you, and drain your MP. Make sure to have a means of clearing the eyes quickly if you decide to confront Dissolution (Yara's Violent Unravelling, Ignition, Fire Storm).
    • Paralysis is the biggest concern, but is unfortunately also the hardest to avoid -- only Formicids can resist the gaze of floating eyes. If possible, use area-of-effect spells to damage both the eyeballs and Dissolution at the same time.
    • Avoiding the mutations can be done by confronting Dissolution in lichform, as a follower of Zin, or with summoned allies blocking the shining eyes' line of effect.
  • Taking Dissolution out without these preparations is possible if you do it quickly enough; a berserker that manages to get into melee quickly can often tear them apart in a few turns if all goes well. This approach definitely has potential to end badly, however. Assuming you don't encounter Dissolution on the last floor of the Slime Pits, you should minimize the time it takes to reach them with a scroll of blinking.
  • The disconnected structure of the Slime Pits means that Dissolution can often be easy to avoid. Don't explore every part of the floor, since there's no loot to be had, and if you hear a sizzling sound, try to leave the level as quickly as possible.


  • Dissolution is a devout worshipper, but not a burbling mass of conciousness like The Royal Jelly, and therefore unable to sustain a god alone. So when TRJ (thus, Jiyva) dies, Dissolution's Summon Eyeballs spell is replaced with a unique set of cantrips.


  • In 0.28, Dissolution recieved special behavior when Jiyva dies.
  • Dissolution was considered male before version 0.24.